Does pulse pressure indicate bone mineral density?

A decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) leads to osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle. On the other hand, the difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressure is termed pulse pressure.

Based on the statistical analysis of data sourced from two consecutive cycles of National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES), USA, McFarlane et al. (2018) have revealed that people with wide pulse pressure had low femoral neck BMD. This finding is relevant in screening people with osteoporotic risk and thus in preventing osteoporotic fractures especially among elderly, because femoral neck osteoporotic fractures often occur at more advanced stage. The study further recommends elucidation of mechanisms underlying this association.


Rheumatology: Current Research

Article Title

The Relationship of Pulse Pressure and Bone Mineral Density in Adult USA Population: Analysis of the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey


McFarlane et al., Rheumatology (Sunnyvale) 2018, 8:2 DOI: 10.4172/2161-1149.1000240

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